Coming of age with quantum information: Notes on a Paulian by Fuchs C.A.

By Fuchs C.A.

A passionate and private account of the early days of quantum info and quantum computing, this designated publication is a suite of greater than 500 letters among the writer and lots of of the founders of those interesting fields. Christopher A. Fuchs is among the such a lot penetrating sleek thinkers at the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics. This outstanding e-book follows his trip as he involves grips with the quantum international. It comprises correspondence with Charles Bennett, Gilles Brassard, Rolf Landauer, N. David Mermin, Michael Nielsen, Asher Peres, John Preskill, Abner Shimony, William Wootters, Anton Zeilinger, and so forth. full of diary entries, anecdotes, ancient choices, and learn rules, this booklet will fascinate physicists, philosophers, and historians of technological know-how.

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I said, “Me, too! ” I said, “Me, too! ” I said, “Me, too! ” I said, “Me, too! ” I said, “Me, too! ” And I pushed him over. I cannot imagine any better words to keep in mind as one enters the great quantum foundations debate. ” 0-521-59271-2 xlviii Fuchs-Drv-01 (Typeset by SPi, Chennai) page xlviii of 534 July 8, 2010 11:56 Introduction to the Cambridge University Press Edition Jon Waskan: Jonathan Waskan is a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the husband of my wife Kiki’s BFF (best friend since four), Laurie.

The surprise I experienced upon seeing Hardy for the first time is telling. I had known of him because of “Hardy’s paradox” and a few other things and imagined him a grand old man of quantum mechanics, somewhat like Asher Peres, a man in his sixties. So when this young fellow – a younger man than I – bought me a beer one evening in the Villa Gualino, I thought, “Wow! ” The table on page lii of this book was partially inspired by Hardy. We were having a walk in Hull, England in 1997, before my own coming out of the foundational closet.

In the evenings, I would often walk with him to his car as he was trying to leave. I learned that that’s how research is done. I have in the past called Carl the Arnold Sommerfeld of quantum information. No one is more thorough in pushing the equations forward and exploring every sidelight. He would say, “you must trust the formalism,” and would recount what he thought of as his greatest mistake, not trusting the formalism once, and making (an incorrect) back-of-the-envelope argument into a Physical Review Letter.

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